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ADHD Stimulant Drug Side Effects

Often children with ADHD are prescribed stimulant medication. Most children that take stimulant drugs end up taking them over a prolonged period of time, even up to many years. These stimulants cause the brain to release increased amounts of neurotransmitters that help with attention and focus. Unfortunately, these stimulants often have undesirable side-effects while children are using them. Some side-effects include: loss of appetite, insomnia, stomach problems, irritability, headaches, and…

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Fatty Acid Metabolism in ADHD

“The etiology of ADHD is generally acknowledged to be complex and multifactorial. Suggested contributory factors have been diet, nutrition, and in particular abnormalities in the metabolism of the long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.”[1] Omega-3 and omega-6 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (“LCPUFA”) are of critical importance for normal brain development and function. During fetal life, large amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 LCPUFA, especially docosahexaenoic acid (“DHA”) and arachidonic acid (“AA”)…

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Dysfunction in Neurotransmitter Regulation

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex disorder that has multiple causes, this includes genetics in combination with environmental factors. ADHD has been blamed on bad parenting, or a “bad” attitude. However, brain-imaging studies have shown that children with ADHD have an underlying neurological dysfunction, which likely accounts for their behavior. In the one sense, these children’s brains have yet to come fully “on-line.” It has been suggested that…

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